- Born in Jackson in 1929 and attended local schools and graduated from Jackson High School in 1947.
- Attended Jackson Junior College following high school and was active in student government. After graduating with his associate degree in 1949, Bullen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1951, and in 1954, earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.
- After serving in the United States Army until 1956, Bullen joined the Jackson law firm of Rosenburg and Painter and was made partner in the firm of Rosenburg, Stanton, Bullen, and Nelson in 1960, and later Bullen, Moilanen, Klaasen & Swan, P.C.
- Taught business law courses at Jackson Junior College from 1956 through 1960 and was an active participant in the committees that resulted in the formation of JCC.
- Has been active member in the Jackson community throughout his life. He served on the Board of Managers of W. A. Foote Memorial Hospital from 1963 to 1968, and during the 1970s and early 1980s, he was the chairman of the Jackson Hospital Finance Authority and treasurer of the Board of Foote Hospital.
- Is a past president of Family Service and Children’s Aid, has served on the Board of Directors of Hospice of Jackson, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and the YWCA Trust Fund. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Jackson County Bar Association, where he served as president from 1982-1983. He is a trustee of the Weatherwax Foundation and supporter of charitable and educational projects. Bullen is a director emeritus and has also served as a director and treasurer of the JCC Foundation, and has assisted with innumerable JCC projects. He received the College’s Distinguished Service Award at the 1998 commencement ceremonies.
- Bullen and his wife, Valerie, have four children; Charles D. Bullen of Scottsdale, Arizona, John L. Bullen of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Martha M. Bullen Muhich of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., and Thomas A. Bullen of Folsom, California. The couple has six grandchildren.
“Success in life should not be measured by what you accomplish for yourself, but rather by what you have done for others.” –Attributed to Danny Thomas, comedian and founder of St. Jude’s Hospital for Children”